CHICAGO – The No. 23 University of Chicago women's basketball team never trailed and fittingly enough, senior Mia Farrell netted her 1,000th point on the final bucket of the game in Tuesday's 74-53 victory over visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The Maroons (5-2) have now won four-straight, led by senior Miranda Burt's hot hand, as the guard pumped in a game-high 20 points just two days after her career-high 26 in Sunday's win over Kenyon.
Burt went 4-of-9 from downtown and 7-of-14 from the field; sophomore Klaire Steffens added 15 points and nine rebounds and Farrell notched 11 – the exact number she needed to hit the century mark – courtesy of a fast-break layup with 55 seconds to go.
Farrell becomes the 15th player to join the 1,000-point club, where she's behind Kate Poneta (1,001) and teammate Taylor Lake (1,049), who joined the club earlier this season.
The Maroons led 23-17 after one quarter and then used a stellar second frame to build a 48-27 halftime lead, as UChicago outscored the Fightin' Engineers (0-2) 25-10 in the second quarter. Burt scored seven of her 13 first-half points in the second quarter and Steffens also added seven, including two offensive boards.
The game stood pretty even after the break, with UChicago gaining its largest lead at the 2:50 mark of the third quarter on a Burt layup to make it 59-35 (24 points).
The 3-point line proved kind to UChicago, who made 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) compared to 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) for RHIT. Both teams stood nearly even from the field – 40.7 percent (22-of-54) for the Fightin' Engineers and 40 percent (26-of-65) for the Maroons – but the hosts scored 31 points off of 20 Rose-Hulman turnovers, which proved to be the biggest difference in the game.
UChicago also scored 13 fastbreak points while shutting the visitors out of that category.
Lake added seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and first-year Isabelle Herrera chipped in six points off the bench for the Maroons, draining two 3s.
Hannah Woody led the Fightin' Engineers with 19 points and Desirae Webster added 10 in the setback.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4: Mount Mary at UChicago, 5 p.m. CT